Posts Tagged ‘ marriage apartheid ’

SCOTUS ends marriage apartheid in US

June 29, 2015
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New York Times    

"In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court's four more liberal justices." (06/26/15)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html  

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The libertarian case for legalizing same-sex marriage

June 29, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"I tried to come up with a solid libertarian argument for why the Supreme Court should not have struck down state bans on same-sex marriage (SSM). (By a 5-4 vote, the court this morning declared those bans unconstitutional.) I couldn't do it. Not that I was hoping to find such an argument. On the contrary, my hope runs in the other direction. But I've seen a few libertarians claim that a pro-SSM ruling would be bad from a libertarian perspective, so I wanted to see if I could make a better case than they have been making. Everything I know about libertarianism says that the government cannot morally exclude gay and lesbian couples from legally marrying, as governments in 13 states have done but will no longer be able to do." (06/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6swqlj  

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The goal is free love

June 29, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski  

"On Friday, June 26th, the United States Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin that same-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution. State-loving progressives are cheering the Supreme Court's ruling as a victory for 'our democracy.' As a libertarian, I too celebrate the decision, although many of my reasons for doing so are far different than those of the so-called progressive camp. I am proud to say that I fully support LGBT rights, along with the right of everyone to live as they so choose as long as they do not coerce others. But as a libertarian, I am quite appalled that the state believes that they have the final say in who can and cannot enter into committed relationships." (06/27/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38428  

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Free and equal

June 29, 2015
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jacob T Levy  

"This week we've had evidence of two astonishingly rapid tipping points in American public norms, both toward greater equality. In less than twenty years, the United States has moved from the spiteful and misnamed federal Defense of Marriage of Act and a plague of state-level DOMAS that were often worse to a ruling by the Supreme Court that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees a right to state-sanctioned same-sex marriage. In the week since the terrorist attack in Charleston, the longstanding norm tolerating official use of the Confederate battle flag, a flag that has always celebrated white supremacy and racial hierarchy, seems to have crumbled. Moreover, these are both shifts in favor of equal freedom." (06/26/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/06/free-and-equal/  

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Love wins

June 29, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by John Darkow  

Cartoon. (06/27/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/love-wins/  

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The unalienable right to define words as we want?

June 28, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"These five Nazgul have taken it upon themselves to change the definition of a word that has been very clearly defined for more than 6,000 years. They have assumed, for the fedgov, powers that were supposed to be reserved for the people, and which the people could grant to the states but NEVER voted to grant to DC. They have finished burying the putrid corpse of a limited, federal, constitutional government, and been applauded for their action by millions of liberals AND conservatives. They have created a situation as fraught with danger for peace and even the most tenuous of ties as the Dred Scott decision." [editor's note: I disagree with Barton in comments at the link - TLK] (06/27/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7319  

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Libertarians should be cautious in celebrating Obergefell

June 28, 2015
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Melancton Smith  

"With this decision, nine unelected federal officers firmly take on the power of legislating. The majority's opinion reads like a collection of aphorisms from a far eastern philosopher and has little, if anything, to do with the application of established legal principles to an actual case or controversy. Many libertarians like the result in this case, but what will these cheerleaders say when the Court finds a state flat tax or state decision to reduce public assistance benefits to be unacceptable (that is, against the Court's policy preferences) and declares these laws unconstitutional on due process or equal protection grounds?" (06/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnfd8oz  

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After same-sex marriage, then what?

June 24, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"Whether or not the Supreme Court deals the final blow to the culture war over same-sex marriage next week, public opinion trends indicate -- and the public overall perceives -- that the days of the decades-long debate over this issue are numbered. In light of that reality, both supporters and opponents of gay rights are already asking, 'Then what?' The most immediate outcome will be a fight over reconciling the new legal status for LGBT couples with the nation's patchwork of nondiscrimination laws." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3dz4xw  

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Gay marriage after SCOTUS

June 16, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Donald Devine  

"The Supreme Court is expected to rule that defining marriage to be only between one man and one woman denies equal protection under the law and is therefore unconstitutional. The court could even rule that opposition to same-sex rights is generally discriminatory under the civil rights laws. That will be the law -- and that is that. Those with religious objections will be expected to forget about it and get on with their lives. But will they be able to do so?" (06/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnuhr4x  

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Idiot couple vows to divorce if Australia ends marriage apartheid

June 11, 2015
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Time    

"An Australian couple has vowed to divorce 'as a matter of conscience' if the country legalizes same-sex marriage. ... The Australian Parliament is scheduled to vote on a marriage equality bill introduced by the opposition Labor Party by the end of the year." [editor's note: No children mentioned. Hopefully they haven't reproduced - TLK] (06/11/15)

http://time.com/3917674/couple-divorce-gay-marriage/  

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AR: Judge orders state to recognize in-state same-sex marriages

June 9, 2015
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San Francisco Examiner    

"A judge ordered Arkansas officials on Tuesday to recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy a host of benefits such as filing taxes jointly and enrolling together in state health insurance plans. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen validated marriage licenses that were issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering the appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban." (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmtyxsl  

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Who is the real enemy in the gay marriage battle?

June 4, 2015
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Voices of Liberty
by Prepper Recon  

"Regardless of what side of the gay marriage battle you fall on, the obvious solution should be to get government out of your personal life. If you believe in the constitution, if you support liberty, why do you need the government to rubber stamp your personal beliefs? Isn't it the consensus of the liberty movement that the government's limited role is to enforce contracts, defend the borders, keep us from injuring one another, and prevent theft in all its various personal and corporate forms? Then why in the world are we asking them to perform the job of our churches and consciousness by defining what is or isn’t marriage?" (06/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olj52z5  

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Hacking marriage

June 3, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Diana Adams  

"The United States government really wants you to get hitched. Married couples enjoy over 1,000 specific rights and responsibilities under the law, from tax credits to immigration to health insurance. Here's the problem: Over 50 percent of American adults are unmarried, yet many of those people are nonetheless part of families or relationships that could and should benefit tremendously from official status. As same-sex marriages gradually win legal and social status, it's becoming harder to make the case that these other relationships shouldn't be similarly recognized. Luckily, thanks to the powerful tool of private contracts, families of all kinds can and do figure out ways to protect their love and family relationships with the people they choose." (06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/30/hacking-marriage  

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Odd-one-out Australia moves toward ending marriage apartheid

May 31, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Ivan Hinton-Teoh’s marriage to his partner Chris in 2013 lasted just five days before Australia’s government had the same-sex union quashed. The couple may soon get another chance. Spurred by Ireland’s vote in favor of gay marriage, lawmakers will introduce legislation on Monday in another bid for marriage equality. With Australia increasingly isolated among English-speaking nations on the issue, pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose own sister is gay, to drop his opposition." (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orczqg3  

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NC: McCrory vetoes bill to exempt magistrates from marriage

May 29, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday vetoed a bill to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriage if they have a religious objection. His announcement came just hours after the N.C. House approved it in a 67-43 final vote Thursday. 'I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman,' McCrory said in a news release. 'However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.'" (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pumwbas  

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Marriage: How to de-politicize the culture war

May 26, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Some social conservatives, particularly in the United States, seem to have finally got it through their heads that they've lost this battle; they want to move on. A few of them even have an inkling of the best way to go about doing so. On May 19, Alabama's Senate passed a bill that, if also approved by the House and the governor, would move marriage from the category of state-licensed activity to a matter of contract between parties." (05/24/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1502  

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Ireland braces for vote on ending marriage apartheid

May 22, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A day before this staunchly Catholic country votes Friday on a national referendum on same-sex marriage, 'Yes' campaign signs are prevalent throughout this city. ... Polls have been projecting an easy win for the referendum that would allow same-sex marriage, though it has gotten closer in recent weeks. ... If Ireland votes to alter its constitution, it will be the first country to adopt same-sex marriage as a result of a public vote." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4emv4d  

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LA: Jindal fails to get “religious freedom” bill through legislature, issues executive order instead

May 20, 2015
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Politico    

"Only two hours after Louisiana's state legislature squashed a law that would have allowed [sic] businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to accomplish its intent. ... His executive order came the day after the Louisiana Republican announced he is forming an exploratory committee for a potential White House bid in 2016. ... Jindal is a strong proponent of a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage across the country." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mb82jtj  

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Remember Roe: Don’t nationalize marriage

May 18, 2015
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William J Watkins Jr.  

"The Supreme Court will soon decide whether state restrictions of marriage to opposite-sex couples can stand under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thirty-four states have approved constitutional amendments or statutes codifying that common-law restriction. If the court holds that the traditional definition of marriage is unconstitutional, it will have nationalized marriage -- one of many matters the 10th Amendment leaves to the people and the states." [editor's note: This is one of the weakest arguments I've seen against ending marriage apartheid. Among other things, it ignores the full faith and credit clause, and tries to characterize the post-1830s regime of "licensing" marriages (for the purpose of stopping interracial marriage) as identical to pre-Constitution "common law traditions - TLK] (05/18/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7377  

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For religious freedom, separate marriage and state

April 30, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"There's certainly a religious freedom issue at stake here, but the opponents of same-sex marriage are opponents, not supporters, of religious freedom. For example, until it was struck down, Missouri's anti-marriage law (passed in 2004 with strong support from this same crowd) provided for a jail sentence of 10 days and a $500 fine against clergy who officiated at unapproved religious ceremonies -- 'unlicensed' same-sex weddings. Are the opponents of marriage and family sinned against as well as sinning? Certainly. They don't believe they should be enslaved to bake cakes (or pizzas) and so forth for couples and families of whom they religiously disapprove. I agree. They shouldn't. But then, the anti-marriage bigots and the pro-slavery bigots are peas in a pod. They're both fighting for control of others, not for the freedom of all." (04/30/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1250  

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The bigot’s last stand

April 30, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"'We will not obey,' is the pitiful warning from the American army of right wing evangelical religious bigots to the Supreme Court of the United States if they recognize gay marriage as a constitutional right. It's the same sort of warning the rabid racial bigots declared in the 1950s when the Court was poised to desegregate American public schools." (04/30/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-bigots-last-stand.html  

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States must license gay marriages only if they license straight ones

April 29, 2015
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"In short, does the 14th Amendment require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Of course not. It doesn't say a word about marriage licenses. Or driver's licenses. Or liquor licenses, business permits, corporate status, public schools, libraries, buses or universities. The 14th Amendment requires almost nothing affirmative. The only benefits states must grant are the privileges or immunities of citizenship, the due process of law (before depriving someone of life, liberty, or property), and the equal protection of the laws. In other words, the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples only if they give them to everyone else." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kt2x3l3  

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DC: Gay marriage friends, foes spar outside SCOTUS

April 28, 2015
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Reuters    

"The debate over gay marriage in America, one of the leading social issues of this era, played out on the sidewalks outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the nine black-robed justices weighed the arguments inside. 'You people are wicked, an abomination to God,' a demonstrator against legalizing same-sex marriage told gay rights supporters on a public address system set up outside the courthouse. The gay marriage supporters, who outnumbered those who were opposed, sang the U.S. national anthem to try to drown out the demonstrator's voice." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe88gtb  

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Religious Americans support gay marriage

April 28, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that weighs whether state bans against same-sex marriage violate the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for gay and lesbian couples. Ahead of the ruling, many religious conservatives are reiterating their opposition to allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Although public opinion has shifted dramatically, especially among religious Americans, many leaders of the conservative Christian political movement continue to act as if public opinion were frozen in the 1970s. But in fact, more religiously affiliated Americans now support same-sex marriage than oppose it." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mev2vwa  

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SCOTUS to hear arguments on marriage apartheid cases

April 28, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court is set for historic arguments Tuesday in a cluster of cases that could allow same-sex couples across the nation to claim a constitutional right to marry unheard of a generation ago. In cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the justices will consider two questions: whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/no55no6  

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